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Welcome from our Executive Circle

Dear beloved community of Sage-ing International,

With the seasons of change comes renewal, and new paths to explore, as we experience both the challenges and the goodness in the world. We are delighted to welcome you to our updated website and new beautiful logo with “the flame that burns inside all of us, and the leaf representing that moment of passing through the many seasons of our life.” – Brian Jones

We invite you to explore our new space, that honors diversity, and engages people from around the world, with unique perspectives, that bring richness to the tapestry of who we are as a community. We encourage you to navigate through our history, experience our wisdom circles, workshops and webinars, and enjoy our many offerings. We value your insight and voices, and hope you can join us in dialogue, as we tap into our collective wisdom to transform ourselves and the world as part of our spiritual journey.

We look forward to reaching new communities across the Globe, as we continue to provide new opportunities for connection, and ways to be of service within our community. As the co-chairs, on behalf of our amazing Sage-ing International leaders, we wish to thank you for your ongoing support as we embark on yet another journey to meet the world’s needs, with grace and hope for a brighter future. We are a compassionate and active group of sage leaders who are committed in bringing forth our capacity to promote the well-being of our humanity.

With love and gratitude, Katia and Brian

We all have souls of different ages – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Conscious Aging: Elders Learning Together

Sage-ing® is about aging consciously through life’s transitions and challenges in community with like-minded older adults.

The Sage-ing® view is one of aging as a spiritual practice that can elicit joy and contentment, positively benefiting our families and the communities and cultures we serve.

From deeper knowing, we gain a confidence and a humility that sees everyday service (wisdom in action) as the natural result of continued inner growth.



Sage-ing® is a spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives and finding ways to transmit that wisdom as a legacy to future generations.

In developing an elder spiritual practice we pursue the path proposed by Rabbi Zalman Schacter in his seminal book From Age-ing to Sage-ing® which involves, through introspection, the following:

  • Examining our attitudes and fears about aging and our culture’s stereotypes and claiming our rights to promoting and practicing a new paradigm
  • Connecting to our inner wisdom through growth techniques of psychology and spirituality including meditation, contemplation, journaling and spiritual intimacy (sharing)

  • Learning to nourish ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally, socially and spiritually


Sage-ing® International is dedicated to helping elders reclaim their role as leaders, sharing wisdom and spirit essential to creating a better world for current and future generations.

Sage-ing® International is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming the current paradigm of aging to sage-ing through learning, service and community.

  • Learning: We share the Sage-ing® philosophy worldwide by providing workshops, conferences, webinars, and publications for the public and we train a network of Sage-ing® Leaders through the CSL certification program.
  • Service: We encourage and support elders in serving their families, communities, and others around the world.
  • Community: We provide opportunities for individuals on their sage-ing journeys to share and connect with others through interactive opportunities that include chapter programs and wisdom circles. We collaborate with others who share our vision.
  • Respect: We bring an attitude of respect by affirming the worth of self and others, caring for all living things, and practicing stewardship of planet earth.
  • Integrity: We honor the truth of our journey by practicing deep listening while pursuing justice and peaceful engagement in our relationships.
  • Lifelong Learning: We choose to grow spiritually, intellectually, creatively and emotionally based on our yearning for wholeness.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing®, has inspired thousands of people around the world. Sage-ing leaders, trained to apply the ideas of this seminal book and to share these ideas with others, are working to change the way elders are perceived by others and the way older adults approach the second half of their lives.

Sage-ing® International (SI) has grown from a seed planted by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 2004 for a professional association to facilitate exchange of ideas between Sage-ing Leaders and a structure for the training of Sage-ing® Leaders.

Sage-ing® International (SI), known until 2012 as the Sage-ing® Guild and preceded organizationally by the Spiritual Eldering Institute (SEI) which served as the public face of sage-ing work for nearly two decades, has picked up where they left off, training and certifying Sage-ing® Leaders and supporting Sage-ing® Leaders and Facilitators.

SI has hosted six International Sage-ing® Conferences since 2008, attracting growing numbers of participants and providing educational enrichment to Elders around the world.

In 2011, SI adopted a strategic plan expanding its focus, reaching out to those approaching or in the second half of life worldwide. The vision includes life long learning, serving and connecting as three vitally important aspects of the sage-ing® journey.




Qualities Of Sages In Service

“Service is reaching in toward our own wholeness, reaching out towards the worlds needs,

and trying to live our lives at the intersection” Parker Palmer

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